Resisting burnout in feminist activism

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MegB
Resisting burnout in feminist activism

From the F Word broadcast notes:

"Have you ever been told, as a feminist or an activist, that you're sure to face burnout at some point? Have you ever been disappointed by this idea of inevitable forced retirement from social change work? Ariana Barer interviews Vikki Reynolds, an activist for over 30 years who has lived and agitated all over the world and currently resides in Vancouver where she is involved with consulting, training and clinical supervision with refugees and survivors of torture, mental health and substance abuse counsellors, rape crisis counsellors, frontline and housing workers and transgendered and queer communities. Her ideas of solidarity and community responses to oppression put the responsibility for worn out activists back where it belongs. She says we're not burning out, we're resisting being blown up."

Excellent interview!

Much of what Dr. Vikki Reynolds says about feminist activism and burnout translates to any kind of activism or advocasy and community work.  She also says some very insightful things about racism and privilege.

MegB

I found this interview really inspiring, and helpful in reminding me of my place as a white feminist in the broader activist/advocasy community. It's caused me to think about my years as a social justice activist on radio and how and why I got burnout.  Reynolds also has very incisive things about anti-oppression politics.

Lot's of hope to be heard here.